Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam


Apple Security Breach

Applications like Apple Security Breach “Virus” are a source of a very common browsing disturbance. They fall into the category of the Browser Hijackers and tend to invade users’ browsers in attempts to push their advertisements. Such applications typically integrate well with all the popular browsing programs, such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox,  etc. and impose some changes of their browsing settings without the users’ direct approval.

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Apple Security Breach “Virus”

Apple Security Breach, for instance, may install a new toolbar or add a new search engine, set a new homepage or launch a page redirecting service without being authorized to do so. This hijacker may also generate numerous ads, pop-ups, banners and blinking boxes on your screen, which may appear every time you try to start a new browsing session. Basically, with all these changes, the nagging piece of software tries to promote certain sponsored web pages, products, services and offers by making sure with all possible means that you are exposed to them as much as possible.

 In this article, we will try to provide you with a permanent solution to these changes and the browser hijacker that is causing them so if you are looking for help with uninstalling Apple Security Breach and removing all of its annoying search engines, toolbars, ads and homepage settings, stay with us. Our “How to remove” experts have prepared a detailed Removal Guide below specifically for this purpose. Before you scroll down to it, however, let us give you some more information about the nature of the browser hijackers, their danger level, their distribution methods and the possible issues they may cause.

What is the purpose of a browser hijacker like Apple Security Breach “Virus”?

Many users are concerned about the real intentions behind the annoying browser changes, the sudden page-redirects and the never-ending stream of ads. What could all these activities be after? Well, fortunately, the browser hijacker’s purpose is not to cause harm to your system or to perform some sort of a cyber crime. Its goal is to advertise certain pages, services, products and offers. Therefore, you should not regard such software as a virus. Unlike a typical threat, such as a Trojan horse or a Ransomware infection, an application like Apple Security Breach Virus typically serves online advertising purposes and not criminal ones. It generates money for its creators through revenue-gaining models such as Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View. It does not have malicious code and cannot encrypt your data, corrupt your files or software in any way. In fact, most creators of such software are not criminals but legitimate software developers which simply benefit from the online advertising models and make money out of that.

The web users, however, may have issues with browser hijacking software because not only does it aggressively imposes browser changes and advertising content on their screen but it also oftentimes offers no useful features to make up for the intrusiveness from its aggressive advertising campaigns. Most of the hijackers rarely offer any useful feature in exchange for the browsing irritation they create and applications like Apple Security Breach are not any different. Such pieces of software may actually redirect you to various unfamiliar pages and make you spend all your time trying to remove ads from your screen. What is more, they may expose you to content, which might not be safe and this way may indirectly be the cause for an infection with a nasty virus such as Ransomware or a Trojan horse. Therefore, we generally advise our readers to limit their interaction with the content that the hijacker may display or to simply uninstall it as a preventive measure.

How to keep page-redirecting applications like Apple Security Breach “Virus” away from the PC?

Typically, a lot of browser hijackers can be found freely on the Internet. Such applications are usually available for free download from various freeware or shareware platforms, torrent sites, spam messages, ads, links, or some suggested software updates and installs. If you don’t want them to become part of your system, you should avoid such sketchy sources and download and install applications only from reputed developers and their official web pages. Another very important piece of advice that we have is to always pay attention during the setup process of any new software that you intend to install on your PC because sometimes, applications like Apple Security Breach might be promoted as additionally bundled or “recommended” components along with the main application. That’s why, you should make sure you check the setup customization options every time and manually disable any component which you may not want.


Name Apple Security Breach
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Annoying changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine, sudden redirects, generation of various ads. 
Distribution Method Free software update requests or installers, program bundles, freewhare and shareware platforms, torrents, spam messages. 
Detection Tool

Apple Security Breach “Virus” Removal

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam How to Remove Apple Security Breach From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

Apple iCloud Security Breach ScamHow to Remove Apple Security Breach From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam.

Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam

 Click Apple iCloud Security Breach Scam again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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